Sustainable Ingredient Science: Fossilized Coral Powder


Coral powder (INCI: Coral Powder) has been used in several cosmetic products, being touted as luxurious, unique and exclusive. From an application perspective, it has been used to scrub skin and occasionally associated with supplying trace minerals to it. However, the use of coral powder in cosmetic formulations has declined, mainly due to its animal origin and more recently, to its negative impact on the marine environment. Coral reefs are the habitat for a myriad of fishes, thousands of invertebrates and several plants. Therefore, in countries such as Japan, coral miners are only allowed to source dead stony corals.

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